- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A stay at Hotel Belleclaire places you in the heart of Manhattan, minutes from Beacon Theater and close to Central Park. This boutique hotel is close to Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Make yourself at home in one of the 244 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features an arcade/game room, gift shops/newsstands, and a television in a common area.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at a coffee shop/café serving guests of Hotel Belleclaire.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.
How to Get There
My girlfriend and I booked a room for a week in NYC. We chose this hotel because of the consistently strong reviews on this website. The hotel is in a good location - a short walk to 79th St and 72nd St subway stations. It is also very close to Central Park. We even walked to Times Square a few times (30 mins).
The hotel room was nice but the shower was terrible - very old and was either cold or boiling hot. I was also disappointed to see the hotel was not environmentally conscious - plastic cups wrapped in plastic were available in the rooms rather than drinking glasses. The toilets also use 6 litres of water per flush.
The hotel rooms block out absolutely NO sound from the streets. We were on the third floor and were frequently disturbed overnight by people speaking, cars honking, garbage trucks and construction across the road. If you are a light sleeper, avoid this hotel!
The breakfast consists of one croissant, a glass of OJ and a coffee, which is not worth it!
We were disappointed because we were really looking forward to our holiday and wanted to experience a classic NYC hotel - we certainly paid for one but we did not experience one. The rest of our trip outside of the hotel was fantastic though, New York is amazing.
First, I should note this review is for my stay which took place over New Year's Eve (so three months ago). Still, I feel I have valid feedback that will help readers make a choice in hotels on the Upper West Side.
As someone who has been visiting the neighborhood and staying in its hotels regularly since 1995, I know no property is perfect. They can be expensive, noisy, etc. I get that, and expect it going in. But some of what I encountered -- in my first stay at the Belleclaire -- I feel should be shared with others.
When I first got to my room to start my three-night stay, I immediately looked out the window. And looked smack dab onto an empty construction scaffolding. It was set at a height just below my second-floor window, and gave the appearance that it was in use...but perhaps not that day, given that it was the weekend. Still, I know crews work on weekends, so I asked one of the cleaning crew if there was "action" on that scaffolding, and I was assured no one uses it or had done so "in a long time."
Hmm, well, ok. They wouldn't lie to me.
At 9 am the next morning, I was awakened by the sound of three construction workers doing their thing. Electric saws, drills, the works. Merely being separately by a thin pane of glass -- and a window air conditioner that wasn't completely sealed -- made it feel like I was out on the scaffolding with them!
I couldn't believe it, especially as I had spent the evening at a concert and was looking forward to sleeping in.
I attempted to call the front desk -- which, in a haze, I recalled being told upon check in I couldn't do via the "Front Desk" button on the phone -- and the cord slipped out of the handset. To make the call, I had to hold the cord and make sure it stayed in the phone jack.
Eventually I was able to connect with the front desk, who apologized for my plight and connected me to the manager...who was, shall we say, slightly less hospitable.
Perhaps I came off a bit brusk, but I was also going deaf from the noise as I explained the situation.
"So what do you want me to do, ask them to stop? Absolutely not!"
I was more than a bit horrified by his response, and countered that I needed another room, especially since I was already deceived about the situation by one of his staff. He had me recontact the front desk, and I did so in person, at which time I showed them the pictures I am including here. They cringed, but cheerfully switched my room to one far away from the noise, and I was satisfied. I didn't even mind half the TV channels didn't work, or that the thin walls made me feel as though I was actually invited to the sex party across the hall (how loud can sex get?!? Clearly I'm doing something wrong...but I digress).
All in all, the hotel was fine and had definite upside. Would I stay there again? Maybe, but I am much better prepared now.
Most importantly, the hotel needs to warn guests about possible noise from construction, or not put guests in rooms located near "ground zero." And if and when someone complains, the manager, of all people, shouldn't be obnoxious about it.
While I don't have any terrible things to say about the actual room, I was charged $27.20 for supposedly eating and drinking things from the mini bar. It did not appear on our bill when we checked out, but appeared at our credit card website. I called 3 times to ask them to take it off our charge, and each time they claimed they had done it; they were rude each time, hardly even letting me speak. I find this overall fraud, knowing they are just hoping that people don't check their bills and pay without realizing it. Watch out.
Don't believe the pictures on the website. The furniture is a mess, but overall it was very clean. I was glad we did not have to use the air conditioner, as it was filled with mold.
If you are looking for a quiet, comfortable stay, look no further than the Hotel Belleclaire. The room is spacious, the bathroom is lovely (all marble and much bigger than it should be for NYC) and the beds are comfortable. The only minor complaint is that the coffee in the lobby in the morning is not free and there’s no coffee in the room. All in all a lovely stay and we will be back. Location is terrific and very convenient to the subway.
I searched for the perfect hotel for a 3 generation mother-daughter mini vacation. This hotel was perfect. Beautiful combination of modern amenities and old world charm. The hotel staff were all very accommodating no matter what the question or time of day/night. The French bakery next door was a very tasty touch. I highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.